by David Cohenphoto by Sarah A. Friedman

Aaron Neville My True Story • EMI Blue Note Records • To be Released January 22, 2013

Iconic soul/R&B vocalist Aaron Neville will release his debut record for EMI’s Blue Note Records My True Story. Produced by Keith Richards and Blue Note Records President Don Was, Neville revitalizes some of his favorite songs from the doo-wop era and beyond. 

“Aaron Neville is one of the most expressive and soulful artists of all time, it's such a thrill to hear him sing,” Was says. “His vocals have a way of reaching into your heart and stirring something really deep inside. It's a huge honor to welcome him to Blue Note Records, along with the legendary Keith Richards, in the production of this album.”

  All the songs were hand-picked by Neville and are close to his heart. “When I was a kid, doo-wop was like medicine to me, I didn’t care what else was goin’ on in the world as long as I could sing along with Pookie Hudson and The Spaniels, The Flamingos, The Clovers, Sonny Til and The Orioles, Clyde McPhatter—I was like a kid in a candy store.”

  A stellar group of session players was assembled to lay down the song tracks. In addition to Keith Richards on guitar, other musicians include: Greg Leisz on guitar (Beck, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams), Benmont Tench on organ (founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), George G. Receli on drums (Bob Dylan, James Brown), and Tony Scherr on bass (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright). Richards sheds some light on the atmosphere in the studio as he explains, "This was a dream session. The band fell right into the groove and Aaron sang like an angel. It was an honor!”

With the ability to perform, collaborate and contribute to a wide range of genres, Neville has done it all. From the funky soul and R&B cuts with the Neville Brothers to Grammy a winning duet with Linda Ronstadt in 1989, “Don’t Know Much,” to the title track of 1993’s The Grand Tour which put Neville on the Country charts for the first time, to his many Gospel records including his most recent project, I Know I’ve Been Changed in 2010.